Florianópolis is the capital of the state of Santa Catarina and is among the Brazilian cities with the highest Human Development Index (HDI). The city encompasses the main island, known as the Santa Catarina Island, the mainland, in addition to some small surrounding islands. Worldwide known for its natural beauty, Florianópolis is modern and cosmopolitan, but at the same time charming and rustic. It contain innumerable parks, natural reserves, squares, large lagoons, sand dunes (and much more) scattered throughout the territory. However, one of the biggest attractions are the beaches (more than 100 registered), each one with a distinctive feature, being possible to please everyone. In addition to the tourism sector, the main economic activities in the city are based on the information technology, services and fishing sector.
The island, which was once home to pre-Cabralian civilizations (4 800 BC) and several indigenous tribes, has already acted as a strategic Portuguese military position (with the construction of fortresses). After being officially founded, on March 23, 1726, it received significant numbers of Azorean migrants, resulting in a large part of the architecture and traditions observed until now. Currently, the city has more than 500 thousand inhabitants, being possible to meet people from the most diverse parts of Brazil and the world, all attracted by the charm, beauty and quality of life of Florianópolis.
The climate in Florianópolis is humid subtropical, with an average annual temperature of 21 °C (70 °F). During the year, normally, the minimum temperature in the coldest months is 13 °C (55 °F) and the maximum temperature in the hottest months is 29 °C (84 °F) and is rarely below 8 °C (46 °F) or above 34 °C (93 °F).
For those who want to come to Florianópolis by car/bus, Florianópolis is in the coastal region (east) of Santa Catarina, with access mainly by the BR-101 highway. The distance from some of the main cities is described as following: Porto Alegre (460 km), Curitiba (300 km), São Paulo (700 km), Rio de Janeiro (1150 km). In addition, the International Airport serves the city. It was recently expanded and receives daily flights from several Brazilian cities and some other countries as well. Inside the city, it is possible to get around through the integrated public transport system or services such as Taxi, Uber, among others. More information about mobility in the city of Florianópolis can be found here (Portuguese only).
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